1 in 10 people lack access to safe water
1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet
Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return

Facts About the Economic Importance of Safe Water

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return. Water is a smart investment -- in people, in futures, in possibility.

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return.1


$260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of safe water and sanitation.1


Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $32 billion in economic benefits each year from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness.1


Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year.1


Access to credit plays a significant role in triggering household sanitation investments, increasing health and providing families the dignity of a toilet.2


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References

  1. World Health Organization. (2012). Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage.
  2. Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). (2010). Financing On-Site Sanitation for the Poor, A Six County Comparative Review and Analysis.